“Blue” – Elisabeth Waters
Mustard discovered Elisabeth Waters on TikTok about two years back. They were immediately captivated by Waters vocals and songwriting. This condiment has observed that some humans have very vocal opinions on Jazz. Some love it, others not so much. Mustard is in the camp of being a condiment that could listen to Waters (and other Jazz musicians) all day.
Water’s debut “Blue” features a collection of her previous singles such as the title track “Blue” and “Pet Names.” Individually these tracks are stellar. Collectively, these songs complete and tell a story of Water’s past relationships. The title track, Blue, along with the cover art, shows Waters in a vulnerable state. She is exposed yet still covered. This theme plays throughout the album.
The final three tracks are brand new; Forgotten Friend, Boston Belongs in the Rain, and Three Years Day. Waters has teased “Boston Belongs in the Rain” via social media . Mustard recommends you listen to this song in the rain as it further elevates the experience. On the final track, Three Years Day, Waters shares that she sent the sun away. Mustard believes this is significant as “in the dark she stands alone.” As much as Waters would like for the sun to stay they are ready to move on and grow without that light. Because, as Waters puts it, “there is nothing you can improve.”
“Fata Morgana” – MERIT
“You’ve fallen for a Fata Morgana””
The third single from Berlin’s MERIT “Fata Morgana” will have you asking questions. Much like an actual Fata Morgana, which is an optical illusion in the form of a mirage, will make you feel like you are in a trance stance. “Fata Morgana” is a song about identity and trying to determine who you are and your place in this human world. MERIT repeats “I don’t know who am I or who I’m supposed to be.” Mustard thinks this existential question haunts humans.
Additionally, there is an underlying magic in each of MERIT’s singles that is undeniable. This magic captivates the listeners. It hooks them and wants them seeking more.
Mustard had the pleasure of speaking with MERIT this May. MERIT left her job to peruse music and her creative endeavors. “Fata Morgana” is MERIT unleashed without the stress of her previous occupation. If “Fata Morgana” is a sign of things to come Mustard cannot wait to see.
“Algortimo” – Projecto Ladislau
“Algortimo” by Projeto Ladislau is a song that Mustard instantly fell in love with. While Mustard does not understand the language, they can still appreciate a good song. The mood and energy of “Algoritmo” is incredibly infectious. Humans who drive automobiles should blast this song with the windows down. After meeting someone new who may potentially change your life, listen to this song.
It is Mustard’s goal to become a polyglot. They hope to learn as many languages as possible. This song inspires them to continue towards that goal.
If you’re not listening to Projecto Ladislau Mustard recommends you start as soon as possible.
“secret place” – Honeyfrequency
“Secret Place” from their album “Private Global” by Russia’s Honeyfrequency will provide your human ears a funky experience. This is another international song that Mustard (and their human employee) could not get out of their plug since they listened to it. Wherever this Secret Place is Mustard would like to visit it. As the song progresses it becomes more whimsical and playful. Whatever the requirements may be to get into this secret place Mustard recommends you complete them as your human ears will be pleased.
“One Trick Pony” – B. Miles
B.Miles “One Trick Pony” is a therapeutic and cathartic listening experience. B.Miles who had found success with their single “Salt” was unsure how to follow up. Which in turn made Miles feel like a “one trick pony.” Mustard appreciates Miles opening up and being vulnerable as it is not an easy thing to do for humans. Whatever form of success one has, setting expectations and achieving it, is an external battlefield. Mustard feels like B.Miles has made an incredibly relatable song that humans will be drawn too and see themselves in.